Curbing Cybercrime In Africa

The increased use of cyberspace and technology have brought with them challenges to the administration of justice. The increase in cyber-crimes, as well as the challenges involved in the consideration of the electronic evidence, forensic evidence, and other complex technology, are some of the issues that lawyers, prosecutors, investigators and judicial officers face regularly.

The East Africa Law Society (EALS) & Rwanda Bar Association in partnership with CWAG AAP organized a 2-day training on Forensic Evidence, Cybercrimes, Electronic Evidence And Data Protection Workshop at Park Inn by Radisson Kigali from 17th to 18th July 2018.
The workshop was officially opened by Hon. Johnston Busingye – Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Republic of Rwanda. In his opening remarks, he said that drug trafficking, illegal arms trade, and human trafficking are now comfortably operated by criminals by a mere click of a mouse.

Computers have made identification, investigation, and prosecution of crimes a very difficult process and that cell phones, laptops, CCTV cameras, portable recorders have all become crucial tools in the administration of justice. Without understanding how best to make use of these tools, due process will continue to face hiccups.

Mr. Richard Mugisha -President EALS welcomed the participants to the workshop. Mr. Markus Green ESQ. -CWAG AAP in his opening remarks stated that technology has disrupted justice administration processes, especially over the last twenty years. The workshop was geared to help participants understand the forensic evidence, electronic evidence cybercrime components and consider the relevant aspects of the judicial processes
George Njoroge – Managing Director & CEO, East African Data Handlers & Kenneth Muhangi – partner at KTA Advocates shared on data protection in East Africa.

Delanie Breuer – Chief of Staff, Wisconsin Department of Justice presented on ‘Data Security, building a Cyber Initiative and stocking your Cyber Toolkit’. Mike Hemberger – an Intelligence Analyst for the Wisconsin Department of Justice, shared on best practices in the investigation of cyber crimes.

David Maas – Assistant Attorney General & Deputy Unit Director of the Complex Criminal Litigation Unit at the Wisconsin Department of Justice, delivered an insightful presentation on forensic evidence & prosecution of cybercrimes

Mr. Markus Green ESQ. – CWAG AAP signed a memorandum of understanding with EALS, this will be the beginning of a dynamic partnership to empower legal professionals in the fight against transnational crimes